Head of English as an Additional Language

ESL / EFL teacher wanted by GEMS Education First work day: ASAP
Proficient speakers
Min. 2 years
Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.
This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to start or continue their international career with a leading global company and world class international school located in this beautiful Emirate. We are looking for passionate, dynamic colleagues who are ambitious to join a world class team.

Job details


ESL / EFL teacher

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Student type:

1-5 years , 6-10 years , 11-14 years , 15-18 years

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Contract term:


Contract type:

Work as employee

Institution type:

Language school

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In return for your energy, resilience and experience, we offer you the opportunity to make a real impact on a developing community. You will work with the UAE’s largest and most successful education company in GEMS, which will support your professional and career development, and you will work with a supportive Senior Leadership Team at WSF who will help you develop your potential.

Head of EAL is a key whole-school (age 3-18) role leading the improvement of teaching standards and increasing student progress and attainment.

Academic and Pastoral Responsibilities:

Supporting and liaising closely with SLT, middle leaders, SENCO, administrators and teachers
Work directly with teachers to improve and develop their skills, knowledge and pedagogy so that student outcomes are improved
Work directly with Section/Key Stage Leaders and Heads of Department to support the improvement of academic standards in every section of the school
Work directly with other members of the SLT to support teaching and learning and provide regular updates and reports on students’ and teachers’ progress against agreed targets and actions
Contribute to the induction of new teaching staff, and the Quality Assurance programme for new starters, and for those teachers who are below “good” in their lesson evaluations.
Use mentoring/coaching methods to develop reflective practice in others and encouraging the use of new learning strategies related to EAL
Conduct frequent and regular supportive observations and set up actions plans as required
Play an active role in the teaching, learning and assessment quality assurance process as appropriate and when required
Teach specialist EAL or intensive English classes as required
Lead all colleagues towards continuous improvement in the teaching of EAL, including teachers, teaching assistants, and learning support assistants, as required
Play a central role in the WSF Admissions process in making observations, assessments and recommendations
Attend external events, take part in peer reviews, and be proactive in developing own continuous professional development
Plan and lead sessions on EAL for staff CPD, identifying team training and specific topics
Identify areas of good practice and develop and share resources through the staff intranet and by attending team meetings
Develop, promote and involve teaching staff in creative initiatives to share good practice
Support Teachers in the development of pedagogy supportive of teaching in an EAL learning environment
Monitor and drive improvements in the quality of written (marking) and verbal feedback to learners
Ensure that the curriculum is supported and underpinned by effective schemes of work, assignment planners and well-differentiated planning of lessons
Ensuring that all documentation supporting teaching, learning and assessment (schemes of work, lesson plans) meets the standards laid down by GEMS
Liaise with the Head of Primary and Head of Secondary to ensure that EAL is a prominent and important component of the appraisal (PDP) of all teachers, and that observation outcomes inform appraisal action plans
Implement internal inspection processes in those areas deemed to be at risk. This will include carrying out documentation audits, management of the process, feedback of outcomes to appropriate leaders and teams and providing a written report to SLT
Ensure the development of all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment related to EAL identified in the MOE National Inspection Framework (feedback to learners, setting high expectations, meeting learner needs, promoting differentiation and Equality and Diversity)

General Responsibilities:

Promote and model the Code of Conduct and GEMS Core Values
Undertake other professional duties as reasonably delegated by Line Manager (LM) such as: teaching, recruitment, cover, after-school duty, ASP, MOE formalities, covering for LM when absent, inspection preparation, SEF, SDP, etc.
Promote the school positively with community and GEMS while maintaining complete confidentiality
Respect local culture, customs and laws
Meet deadlines as requested by LM
Lead on the development of EAL teaching and learning, focusing on pedagogy, standards and progress
Ensure academic excellence in internal and external assessments.
Contribute to the professional development programme to ensure high quality learning and teaching
Be a part of a thriving Leadership Team focusing on the whole –school environment
Promote the school to all stakeholders and the wider community.
Follow, support and help to develop all of the School’s aims, its vision, improvement plans, policies and practices.

Gems Winchester School - Al Qasar Road - Fujairah - United Arab Emirates

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Proficient speakers

  2. Experience

    Min. 2 years

    (At least 2 years of post-qualifying experience.)

  3. Qualification

    B.Ed. + Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.

    (A certified teaching qualification, such as B.Ed, PGCE, PGDE or equivalent.)

  4. The desire to provide Outstanding teaching and learning
  5. Aspiration to work in a world class school with real prospects for enhancing their career

What we offer

  1. Competitive tax free salary
  2. Individual fully furnished accommodation
  3. Free schooling for up to two children
  4. Private medical insurance
  5. Annual airfares to country of residence
  6. End of Service Gratuity

Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Job location

GEMS Education

About the employer

About GEMS
Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.

About the School
Winchester School, delivering the British Curriculum, was founded in September 2016 and opened with 350 children on day one. Housed in brand new, state of the art buildings with excellent facilities, WSF has grown at a rapid rate to meet the needs of a local Emirati and International Ex-pat community. Fujairah city itself is growing into the premier city on the beautiful eastern coast of the UAE. As an all-through school (currently reception to Year 10, but growing each year to incorporate a Sixth Form by 2020), GEMS Winchester’s popularity is already evident with 1557 pupils now attending and many parents looking for places next year.

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